Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins. They are usually found on your legs. When there is a lot of pressure on these veins, especially when you are standing or sitting, these superficial veins will become larger. Heredity also can be another cause of varicose veins. Because the legs are the farthest extremity away from the heart, extra effort is needed to pump the blood up the veins in the leg and back into the heart against gravity. Your calf muscles do this. There are paired valves in these veins to prevent the backflow of the blood. As time goes on, these veins lose their elasticity and become dilated. Then the valves start to fail. This then results in blood getting pooled in the veins. This is what causes them to twist and bulge out.
Varicose veins are seen more often in women. Thay are also common with people who have to work in a standing position for long hours at a time. Both pregnancy and obesity make the condition worse, because they put extra strain on the legs. Unless the varicose veins come with pain, severe itching, ulceration, or eczema, they are often considered just a cosmetic problem. Varicose veins are usually treated by surgery or by getting rid of them them with lasers or the use of harsh chemicals. But these treatments can be avoided by using some of these excellent home remedies. The main purpose of these remedies is to strengthen the walls of the blood vessels and improve your overall blood circulation.
1. Gentle Massage
Blood pooling in the veins is one major problem with varicose veins. It allows the walls of the veins to expand and get twisted. This impedes the blood flow even further. The formation of blood clots in the veins is another problem. You should keep your legs in an elevated position when you are sitting or lying down. This allows the venous blood to flow towards the heart. But massage is a much more active way to increase blood circulation. It should be done very gently with people who have varicose veins. Just massage your legs with a gentle upward stroke. This will smoothen out the twisted veins. It will also accelerate the blood flow. You should never use pressure directly on those bulging veins. You can use olive oil or coconut oil for lubrication. It is a good idea to also add a few drops of the essential oils of peppermint or wintergreen for an extremely soothing effect.
2. Compression Stockings
Applying uniform pressure on the legs with specially designed compression stockings is an excellent remedy for varicose veins. When the blood vessels lose their elasticity, this reduces the efficiency of the venous valves trying to stop the backflow of blood. Gentle and consistent pressure compresses the veins. This reduces their diameter and helps the valves to work more effectively to prevent the backflow. The additional support for the venous walls helps the smooth flow of blood and reduces the risk of stagnation and blood clot formation. Compression stockings can stop the progress of the condition, or even reverse it, when used at the beginning stages of varicose veins. Several different types of compression garments are available. You should always seek medical advice to find out what type is best suited to your condition.
3. Mud Packs
Using a mudpack on varicose affected legs may help reduce your vein enlargement. A significant reduction in pain is also reported after mud pack treatment. Fine clay such as Fuller’s earth is best for mudpacks. Just mix the clay with water and rub it on your legs before you go to bed. In the morning, wash off the clay with warm water and pat the area dry. As the clay dries, it contracts. This results in a tightening effect. It works in the same way that compression stockings do, by constricting the blood vessels and helping with the blood flow. Clay also has a de-toxifying effect too. It draws out impurities from the skin and the blood vessels.
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